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Poster: N Hoey Date: Oct 12, 2014 3:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New 1971 Show Surfaces

One picture clearly shows Jerry placing what is his first custom custom guitar. It's a near certainty that this was his first time playing it onstage as this was the first show after NYE and a 3 week break.

From a "Guitar Aficionado" article by Chris Gill:

The first attempt to satisfy Garcia’s wishes was a guitar made by Rick Turner of Alembic, which at the time provided the Dead with sound reinforcement, recording, and instrument support. During the late Sixties, Turner built a guitar featuring a neck from an early Sixties Gibson Les Paul/SG Custom, his own mahogany and walnut body design (similar to that of Turner’s later Model 1 guitar, sans cutaway), three pickups, and custom two-channel/stereo wiring. Garcia played Turner’s guitar for only a few months before switching to Alligator, but from that point onward, his preference for customized guitars never faded away. - See more at: